Cape Town International Airport Guide (CPT)
Code: CPTNo. of terminals: 2 Dialling code: +27Timezone: GMT ++02:00
Cape Town 7525, South Africa
Cape Town International Airport is located 22km (15.5 miles) east of Cape Town.
(021) 937 1200.
One of the busiest airports in Africa, Cape Town International Airport is second only to Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport in terms of passenger numbers in South Africa. Our Cape Town International Airport guide includes information on facilities, transportation to and from the airport, and nearby accommodation.
In preparation for the FIFA World Cup tournament in 2010, major improvements were undertaken, including construction of a new building linking the existing International and Domestic Terminals.
The terminals are within walking distance of each other. A shuttle bus service links the terminals and car parks.
From Cape Town, take the N2 highway eastbound and follow signs for Cape Town International Airport, which is off junction 16.
Bus: My Citi Bus (tel: 0800 656 463; www.capetown.gov.za/en/MyCiti) links the city centre (Civic Centre on Herzog Boulevard) with Cape Town International Airport (journey time: around 30 minutes; fare: R57).
Taxi: Taxis are available from Cape Town International Airport to the city centre (journey time: 20 minutes) from the Transport Plaza. Touch-Down Taxis (tel: (083) 652 0786) is the authorised airport taxi company and travellers are advised to use this provider instead of unauthorised taxis.
Bureaux de change and ATMs are available in both terminals. There is a full-service bank in the international departures area.
A post office is located next to the domestic arrivals area. Wireless internet access is offered throughout the terminal buildings for a fee. Public telephones and mobile phone hire can be found in both terminals.
Options for eating and drinking are located throughout Cape Town International Airport. These include full-service restaurants, fast food outlets, bars and cafés.
Duty-free shopping is situated in the International Terminal, both pre- and post-security. Other retailers include a pharmacy, clothing outlets, bookshops, and gift shops selling local souvenirs. A VAT refund service is provided in International Departures.
Baggage storage facilities are available in the Parkade 2 (tel: (072) 384 2954) car park. A porter service is available; porters, who are dressed in black and orange, are self-employed and rely on tips for their income. All lost and found articles are taken to the police station; ask at the information desk for more details.
The Airport Conference Centre (tel: (021) 935 3715) is located in the Southern Office Block near the Domestic Terminal, and offers venues for meetings and conferences. The airport also offers fully equipped offices with a secretarial service for short- and long-term hire.
Executive lounges can be found in the departures areas of both terminals: the Premier Lounge (tel: (021) 936 3014) is available to all passengers for a fee in the Domestic Terminal (tel: (021) 936 3014) and International Terminal (tel: (021) 936 2127/8); while the VIP Lounge (tel: (021) 937 1233) can be found in Domestic Departures. British Airways and South African Airways lounges are present in both terminals.
Cape Town International Airport is fully accessible for disabled travellers, with lifts, ramps and adapted toilets. Wheelchairs can be supplied if required: passengers are advised to inform their airline of such needs in advance. Dedicated parking facilities are also available for disabled travellers in the multistorey car park.
Parking was improved in 2010 with the addition of two areas either side of the Transport Plaza: Parkade 1 (to the north of the terminals) contains 4,050 parking spaces, while Parkade 2 (to the south of the terminals) contains 1,749 parking spaces. Covered car parking is located either side of the car rental area; this can be reached via the pedestrian subway.
Shuttles are available to transport passengers to the relevant terminal. For more information on parking, call: (021) 935 5708. Valet parking and lock-up garages are offered by Katanga Executive Parking Services (tel: (021) 936 3600; www.valet.co.za). These facilities must be booked in advance.
Car hire companies at Cape Town International Airport include: Avis, Budget, Capital, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, First, Sixt, Tempest, Thrifty and Woodford. Car hire desks are located in front of the Transport Plaza and central area between the terminals.